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Contract personnel for the Buck Wild Days Rodeo in Silverton, Texas, take part in a softball game on the diamond adjacent to Wood Memorial Arena on Wednesday, Aug. 17. (PHOTO BY SANDY GWATNEY)

Contract personnel for the Buck Wild Days Rodeo in Silverton, Texas, take part in a softball game on the diamond adjacent to Wood Memorial Arena on Wednesday, Aug. 17. (PHOTO BY SANDY GWATNEY)

The softball diamond in Silverton, Texas, is next to the rodeo arena. Maybe that’s why the base paths and outfield were littered with cow patties and piles of horse excrement.

That wasn’t about to stop a bunch of cowboys and cowgirls from having a little softball fun. I think it just enhanced the experience. Even the fresh stuff just provided a little “comforts of home” feeling.

The diamond was home to the nightly after-the-rodeo dances that took place last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and dumpsters were already in place for the extra trash disposal the dances were to create. Any batter blessed with the precision needed to land a shot inside one of the receptacles received an automatic home run.

The game between contract personnel and the Buck Wild Days Rodeo committee never surfaced because the locals were still busy getting all the finest details lined out, but a few of our Silverton friends joined in the fun when they could. Still, it was a hotly contested outing.

As the game began, we dodged the cow pies and horse clods while trying to field balls with a few well-worn gloves, bare hands or, as it turned out, a few cowboy hats. As the proceedings continued, beverage cans began to pile and became another obstacle altogether.

Nonetheless, it was an outstanding time, and I’m blessed to have been part of the fun. I hope I’m part of it again next year, too.

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